If you haven't noticed, singer and one of the newest COVERGIRL's, Janelle Monae, has been everywhere recently!
This past weekend she appeared at the 2013 BET Awards in a stunning white ensemble, beautiful skin and amazing eye makeup. She's also completed her latest music video for "Dance Apocalyptic" AND filmed a new COVERGIRL commercial for COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation.
Here, we have the exclusive details from celebrity makeup artist Saisha Beecham on how she created all three of these beautiful looks.
Enjoy! - RLB
Janelle Monae’s BET Awards Red Carpet Look (shown, above)
Saisha told us, "Not only am I Janelle Monáe's makeup artist but I am also a huge fan! So I was inspired by the look we did for her album packaging for her BET Awards look. We love to stay true to who she really is and that means natural beauty and showcasing her flawless skin!
We started out with COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation in Tawny (365). We love that word CLEAN because it's so true! This foundation always gives her that clean fresh face that we need to keep her looking like herself."
I started by patting Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel (330) over her entire lid. In her crease I glided on Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire (815).
By Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Black Ink (230) across the top lash line and brought it out into a sexy subtle wing.
For that fire we needed on the eyes, I chose to go with Flamed Out Water Resistant Mascara in Black Blaze (330). It gave so much definition to her eyes and really made them pop!
I applied a layer of Lipslicks Smoochies in Sweet Tweet (255) all over before adding her signature uber red LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot (305). The red lips were the perfect complement to her all white ensemble!
Janelle Monae’s “Dance Apocalyptic” Video Looks
Saisha explains that there were two very different looks created for the Video.
According to Saisha, "For Janelle's first look (shown, left) we wanted to stay true to her typical image, which is kind of a Marilyn Monroe classic beauty look. I started with an all over coverage foundation, using Clean Whipped Creme foundation in Tawny (365). This looks amazing on her because it blends perfectly into her natural skin tone."
I dusted a sheer golden coat of eye shadow over the lid just under the brow bone. I recommend Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Gold (330).
To give her eyes that Marilyn Monroe flare, I did a sharp clean line of LineBlast 24HR Eyeliner in Enduring Black (600) across the top lash line and brought it out into a wing for drama.
For more fiery drama I had to go with none other than Flamed Out Water Resistant Mascara in Black Blaze (800). This gave her eyes the piercing pop they needed for the performance shots.
On the apples of her cheeks, I blended a cream blush to give her a natural rosy glow. I finished up with a subtle lip look.
I used LipPerfection Lipcolor in Kiss (275) which is not too far from Janelle's own natural lip shade.
For Janelle's 2nd look for “Weather Jane,” we stepped outside of her natural beauty box and added a little extra sass with a smoky eye.
Her foundation from the first look had great staying power through all the takes so there was no need to reapply the Clean Whipped Creme Foundation in Tawny (365).
On the eyes, I began with the darker side, usually step 2, of Smoky ShadowBlast in Onyx Smoke (800) all over the lower part of her eyelid.
I then set that with Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Molten Black (300).
For even more intensity, I blended it into the bottom lash line.
Next, I smoothed along an intense coat of Smoky ShadowBlast in Silver Sky (805) and blended evenly. I flipped the steps, using the dark color first and light second, for more intensity.
We had to finish off with a bang using one of Janelle's favorite lipstick colors—LipPerfection Lipcolor in Hot (305)! This red looks stunning on Janelle and is definitely becoming one of her signature shades!
Clump Crusher Extensions LashBlast Mascara: Very Black (840)
LineBlast 24 Hour Eyeliner: Enduring Black (800)
Eye Enhancer 4–Kit Shadows: Country Woods (215)
LipSlicks Smoochies Lip Balm: Be Sweet (260)
LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm: Toffee Twist (200)
Clean Whipped Crème Foundation: Tawny (365)
Clean Glow Bronzer: Spice (120)
*All images courtesy of COVERGIRL PR.